TV Lift cabinet redo: Before and After

We are nearing the end of our first year in a new house, and getting everything in order and decorated has been great fun. I love bringing together beautiful fabrics, textures, patterns into a space, but especially enjoy giving old pieces new life. As mentioned before, I’ve worked with the talented Darlene of Feildstone Hill Design in planning several rooms, including the Keeping Room, located off the kitchen of our home, which is where we keep our TV. I wanted to use the TV Lift stand we already owned, but hated the color. So she recommended I paint it to match my new desk, and add the new gold hoop handles. I couldn’t have been more delighted with the results. (A little note–the photo above makes my walls look really pink–in reality they are a much prettier muted salmon.)

When I bought the flat screen TV for my husband a few years ago, back when those big box TVs stopped being carried in stores, I knew that if we got a big screen we’d also have to find a way to hide it. I just don’t enjoy the look of massive screens, and abhore the way they are put over fireplaces as centerpieces in so many homes. They will always be ugly, electronic things in my opinion (no offense!) and I just don’t want to look at it unless its turned on and we are enjoying a show together. So in my quest for a solution that fit in our home and didn’t take up much space, and could move with us into our new home, I ran across lift cabinets. Basically the TV is mounted to something with a motor, that with the press of a button a panel opens up on the back of the cabinet and the TV lifts up into view, and back down again when viewing is done. The doors in the front house shelves for DVD storage. The perfect solution, in my book. I just love that I could transform the functional unit into something more beautiful, with simple paint and hardware changes.

In case you are wondering, here is the design board that Darlene came up with for this room.

You can see my desk on the left, which the TV Lift Cab now matches. I basically (upon Darlene’s recommendation) took a small drawer to the paint store with me and had them match the color. They suggested I use oil-based paint, but with little kids in the house and knowing I’d have to paint the thing inside, where long drying times would likely result in small handprints in the finish as well as all over the hosue, I settled on lots of sanding and a good primer, followed by several coats of the creamy color. After it was dry, I added a thin layer of gold glaze across the whole thing to give it depth, using a dry brush and then wiping it away. It left the perfect subtle sheen and slightest color variations. Finally, I added some gold paint detailing around the outside of the doors and placed the new handles. (Wood glue filled the old handle holes). The hinges I left in place but gave them a little gold paint, which has held on fine.

I’m nearing completion in this room. Ordering my curtain rods this week, will get them up, and then I’ll hang the wall art. I love this room because it is so incredibly functional, but each piece and color and pattern is carefully thought out and exactly what we love. So close!

I’m linking this post to The William Morris Project at Pancakes and French Fries, as well as Living Well Spending Less’s Thrify Thursdays.

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